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GEMS FROM THE VAULT

Here are some of the editors' favorite Legal Affairs pieces.

2006

Cool Tools for Tyrants
The latest American technology helps the Chinese government and other repressive regimes clamp down.
By Derek Bambauer
January|February


Crusaders in Wingtips
As American courts give more weight to imported precedents, a band of Christian lawyers is going abroad to shape foreign law—before it comes home to hurt their cause.
By Rachel Morris
March|April

2005

The Enemy Among Us
They have grown smaller and quieter over the past decade, but citizen militias are still locked and loaded in rural America. Is the FBI paying attention?
By Geoffrey Gagnon
November | December

Furious George
The belligerence of the Bush Administration in pursuing expansive power has a long Republican pedigree.
By Neil Kinkopf
September|October

Lessons From the Swiss Cheese Map
Why have Israeli-Palestinian peace talks ignored the importance of good mapmaking?
By Shari Motro
September|October

An Uncivil Division
Political appointees to the Justice Department's civil rights division are driving career lawyers to retirement—then skipping the retirement parties.
By William R. Yeomans
September|October

The Dread Pirate Bin Laden
How thinking of terrorists as pirates can help win the war on terror.
By Douglas R. Burgess Jr.
July|August

Pop Con
One of the hot ideas in the legal academy is that the people should have supremacy over the courts. The problem is that the people don't want that.
By David A. Strauss
March|April

The Appearance of Propriety
The judicial canons have got it wrong. The real ethical issues facing judges are hidden from view.
By Alex Kozinski
January|February

Man and the Machines
It's time to start thinking about how we might grant legal rights to computers.
By Benjamin Soskis
January|February

2004

Against the Law Reviews
Welcome to a world where inexperienced editors make articles about the wrong topics worse.
By Richard A. Posner
November|December

Lost in the Political Thicket
The Supreme Court should find something new to say about election law—or start letting others do the talking.
By Heather Gerken
November|December

Continental Divide
Americans see privacy as a protection of liberty, Europeans as a protection of dignity. Will one conception trump the other—or are both destined to perish?
By Jeffrey Rosen
September|October

A Bold Stroke
When Margaret Marshall was a corporate lawyer, her actions were colored by caution. But in her opinion ordering Massachusetts to allow gay marriages, the chief justice of the state's supreme court has shunned politics and stood on principle. Will she be remembered as the judge who jeopardized her court for a cause?
By Emily Bazelon
May|June

Medea's Shadow
Marybeth Davis is serving a life sentence for killing her 3-year-old daughter and severely injuring her infant son. New evidence suggests that Davis might be innocent—and that the medical diagnosis used to convict her might be a medical fiction.
By Charlotte Faltermayer
May|June

The Sword of Spitzer
A little-known law called the Martin Act gives New York's attorney general extraordinary power, yet for 75 years this Excalibur has been left to rust in its scabbard. Now, Eliot Spitzer is wielding it against the biggest players on Wall Street. Should such a powerful weapon be left in anyone's hands?
By Nicholas Thompson
May|June

Natural Born Killjoy
Why the Constitution won't let immigrants run for president, and why that should change.
By Akhil Reed Amar
March|April

2003

Dante and the Death Penalty
How capital punishment fails its audience.
By Matthew Pearl
November|December

Delusions of Grand Juries
Everyone knows that a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich. So why do we bother to use them?
By Niki Kuckes
November|December

Mock Trial's Big Dance
Tennessee tries to repeat as national champions.
By Brian Montopoli
September|October

Your Cellphone is a Homing Device
Don't want the government to know where you are? Throw away your cell, stop taking the subway, and pay the toll in cash.
By Brendan I. Koerner
July|August

Et Ux
A Latin phrase gives voice to the legal rights and privileges of wives—and emphasizes that they still play second fiddle to their husbands.
By Kristin Collins
May|June

Trial by Prosecutor
Up against Japan's 99.8 percent conviction rate.
By Hiroshi Matsubara
March|April

2002

Beverage Control
A Los Angeles bartender's dilemma.
By Marisa Matarazzo
November|December

In Search of Lost Crime
Bloated bodies, bigamous love, and other literary pleasures of the 19th-century trial transcript.
By Caleb Crain
July|August 2002

Gun by Gun
After almost 100 years of pretending the right to bear arms didn't mean much, judges and scholars are changing their minds.
By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
May|June

Silence!
Four ways the law keeps poor people from getting heard in court.
By David Luban
May|June

And other gems written by Legal Affairs' editors and contributors ...

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